Labor force (LAUS)

Local area unemployment statistics (LAUS) are monthly estimates of the labor force, including employment, unemployment and unemployment rates statewide, by county and by metropolitan area. Every month, the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) surveys households to learn whether residents are employed or unemployed and looking for work. The survey does not count people who have stopped looking for work. We use these survey data to create local unemployment estimates. These estimates are included in our monthly employment report.  Alternate measures of labor underutilization are discussed here.

LAUS city estimates, with a population of 25,000 or more, are produced through a disaggregation technique using Census Bureau employment/population data and unemployment insurance (UI) claims counts.

The disaggregation technique is defined as the ratio of population, employment and UI claims counts in a subarea (e.g., city) to the total population, employment and UI claims counts in the larger area (e.g., county).  This disaggregation ratio is then applied to the current employment and unemployment estimates for the county to generate city employment and unemployment estimates.

This technique assumes that Census Bureau employment and population data is constant throughout the estimating year for both the city and county area. These estimates will be published monthly with the county numbers starting May 23rd.

Seasonally adjusted

Not seasonally adjusted

Additional reports are available for download in the report library.

2018 monthly employment report publication dates

Preliminary data
for month of
State and Seattle Metropolitan Division
numbers released
All other
county numbers released 
December 2017 January 17, 2018 (Wednesday) January 23, 2018
January 2018 March 7 March 13
February 2018 March 21 March 27
March 2018 April 18 April 24
April 2018 May 16 May 22
May 2018 June 13 June 19
June 2018 July 18 July 24
July 2018 August 15 August 21
August 2018 September 19 September 25
September 2018 October 17 October 23
October 2018 November 14 November 20
November 2018 December 19 December 27 (Thursday)
December 2018 January 16, 2019  January 23, 2019 (Wednesday)